How UNDP bolstered Egypt’s digitalization, AI under SDGs

How UNDP bolstered Egypt’s digitalization, AI under SDGs
02 / 06 / 2024
By Marwa Nassar - -

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has been working closely with Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for over 20 years, fully supporting its digitalization efforts, UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt Alessandro Fracassetti said.

He made the remarks at the panel discussion on “Harnessing AI for Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab Region at WSIS.”

“Recognizing the importance of building and developing human capital, we have worked with the Ministry to build the capacity of 1,000 ICT professionals per year prioritizing women in remote and marginalized areas,” he said.

“Additionally, we have supported the modernization and upgrading of over 2,800 Egypt Post offices and enhanced the capacity of more than 36,000 employees through comprehensive training in areas such as financial inclusion, governance, digital transformation and anti-money laundering,” he added.

Through our fruitful collaboration with the Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), the UNDP has established two innovation clusters with world-class partners (Plug & Play, 500 Global), trained more than 140,000 entrepreneurs, created 31,000 jobs and supported the freelancing of more than 9,000 young men and women.

One of the joint projects is the Applied Innovation Center, which aims to enhance the technical and institutional capacities of AIC, positioning it among the top national applied R&D entities in emerging ICT technologies. 

The goal is to help solve strategic problems and build capacity through hands-on training in real-life projects. 

During the pandemic, the UNDP and Egypt helped develop the first AI-powered platform in Africa and the Middle East to assist Egyptians with disabilities in accessing reliable information in sign language.

AI in Egypt has been growing rapidly ever since, with the country making significant strides in this field. 

According to the 2022 report on government AI readiness, Egypt ranked second in Africa after Mauritius, moving up 55 places on the Government AI Readiness Index to 56th out of 172 countries.

Egypt is also hosting various events to explore the potential of AI in its economy, reflecting the high priority the government places on AI. 

This rapid growth of AI and the digital ecosystem in Egypt promises a future filled with exciting opportunities.

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